24 July 2015

Set in Stone - A Mariner's Compass.

It is finally finished. - It actually has been finished for a couple of weeks but I have kept it under wraps until today.

Today it is proudly hanging in the company of some truly awesome Quilts at the Victoria Quilters Showcase - Melbourne*.

No ribbons, but lots of lovely comments from the viewing public (overheard whilst on White Glove Duty).

My DS#2 is delighted with his quilt and I am thrilled with the incredible job Desley has done with the quilting.

I am looking forward to seeing what the Judges have to say, their comments are often more valuable than ribbons and a great learning tool!

*Showcase is at the Craft & Quilt Fair
July 23 - 26, 2015
Melbourne Exhibition Centre

22 July 2015

Carnations ....

These Carnations are "doing my head in"!

I thought I had them down pat with the awesome cutting out function of the Scan-n-cut but I didn't like the way my sewing machine does buttonhole stitch. And to be quite honest - it didn't look good enough for a Wedding gift they have waited 2 years for.

I decided that needle turn would look nicer.
So I started practising needle turning all those itsy-bitsy little scallops that make up the petals of the flower.

Don't like the look of that!

OK how about doing the elements individually?

It will be a lot of extra work and look good - but will it look like a Carnation or more like a Daisy?

Next idea - redesign the petals into a 'zig-zag' - will this work?

I have used so much of my flower fabric doing samples I may need to buy more, and I don't want to get bored with it before I even get started. I just HAVE to decide on something and get on with it.

My sampler is now thrown across the back of the chair in the corner waiting for inspiration to hit again - maybe I will see what I need at the Craft and Quilt Show tomorrow.

16 July 2015

Vale Freda.

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Others Stay a while - make footprints on our hearts
and we are never, ever the same again."

The phenomenon that is the Internet brings us into contact with people from all walks of life.
All races, religion, language, colour, height, weight, appearance, ability or disability are melted away as you find those who share a common interest.  You become comfortable with each other, often not knowing where they live or what they look like and yes, you begin to count them amongst your friends.

Yesterday, I lost one of these friends. I have no idea how old she was.  I have never seen a photo of her nor she of me, yet her broad Scottish accent and sense of humour came through her emails.

What I do know of her is that she was a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend, Quilter, owner of a Janome 6500, and always up for a challenge. She was particularly fond of Haggis and only ever grumbled about the weather.

I also know, she has many friends that will not - due only to distance - attend her funeral. On that day I will bake a batch of my best Shortbread, pull out the good Tea Set and "Toast my Friend".

.... ' til we meet again.